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How Does The Mold Remediation Process Work?

It’s Tuesday night, and your partner utters those four little words no one ever wants to hear: “Honey, we have mold.” What should you do? First, you should photograph the damage for insurance, record keeping, and any mold fans on your Christmas card list. Then you should contact a professional mold remediation and repair company. Mold cleanup is a job that should almost always be completed by trained professionals. These are the five steps those pros will likely take when they show up to rid your residence of mold.

They’ll Assess the Situation and Form a Plan of Attack

If there’s visible mold in your home, that often means that there’s hidden mold as well, such as under rugs and behind drywall. The remediation team’s first step will be to perform a thorough inspection of the affected area to figure out just how large the issue really is. If the contamination is minor, this visit will likely be brief. If the mold growth has spread, however, or if those rugs and that drywall need to be removed, this first step can take longer.

A mold sample may be taken, too. In some circumstances, this is a necessary step for pinpointing the level of contamination that the remediation company will be dealing with. If members of your household have significant respiratory conditions or other health concerns that are aggravated by mold, a sample may be in order as well.

Once the remediation team has gathered all the intel and evidence it needs, it will use it to form a plan of attack for removal, cleanup, and repair. This strategy should be explained to you in depth, and you should feel free to ask the removal team members any questions, or express any lingering concerns, that you have about the process.

They’ll Stop the Water

Mold loves water like Jaws loves slow-moving swimmers, so it’s imperative that you cut off its water source. There’s very little point in removing mold if you don’t put an end to the damp, dark conditions that allow it to thrive.

Exactly what process is used to stop the water depends on where it’s coming from. If the source is located behind drywall, that drywall will need to be removed. If the water’s source is harder to find, most remediation companies have leak-spotting technology such as infrared scanners that they can use to track down hidden water sources. Once the origin of the water is found, the remediation team will stop the water and repair the affected area, returning it to the state it was in before the watery chaos began.

They’ll Dry Out the Affected Area

Here’s where the mold remediation and repair team breaks out the big guns. Expect industrial fans and dehumidifiers to be set up and run around the clock to dry out the affected area as quickly as possible. If there are items that can’t be completely dried, such as mattresses or furniture, they will be disposed of. This is the only way to completely eradicate the threat of mold.

They’ll Isolate the Affected Area

In order to avoid the spread of mold throughout the rest of your home, ground zero will be sealed off. For smaller mold occurrences, this may just mean closing doors and opening windows. For larger issues, the remediation specialists may cordon off the affected area with plastic sheeting to contain the spores.

They’ll Remove the Mold

Once everything is dry, the actual mold removal and cleanup can begin. An assortment of cleaning methods may be used, such as the application of fungicide and the use of special vacuums. Exactly what strategy the mold remediation technicians takes will depend on a variety of factors, most notably the type of mold being removed, the amount of mold being removed, and the surfaces involved. Anything that can’t be cleaned will be disposed of properly.

Some mold remediation companies may also make repairs to your home after cleaning concludes, such as retiling floors or restoring furniture and fabrics. Some may not, however. You should discuss these details with the remediation team before work begins.

There are many reasons why mold remediation and repair are jobs best left to professionals. For starters, they’re no fun. More importantly, however, is the fact that an experienced mold restoration company has the knowledge and equipment necessary to return your residence to its pre-mold state quickly and safely. Trust United Water Restoration Group to rid your home of mold for good.

Transcript
Adan:
Hey guys, welcome back to another episode of Restoration Talks. And in this video we’re going to be answering the top 10 questions, or maybe 11 questions, on mold. So we’ve been getting some questions from around the web, from our community, ask us a couple of questions about mold remediation and we have our expert, technician Liam here with us to answer some of your questions. Now some of the questions are funny, Liam. So just be fore warned here. But I think some of these are very important. So one of our viewer asked, “How many different types of molds are there in a home?” Or can there be in the home?

Liam:
Oh, there can be probably upwards of hundreds to be honest.

Adan:
Yeah, I mean mold-

Adan:
Lots of different ones.

Adan:
… mold is pretty common, it’s just the bad mold is the ones that you want to be careful of, especially the ones that cause smell right?

Liam:
Absolutely.

Adan:
So one of our viewer asked is like, “Hey, what are the main causes for mold to grow?” I think we’ve had some of our viewers, you know, have mold in their home and they don’t really know what’s causing it.

Liam:
Well a lot of times it can be from an unaddressed water damage that wasn’t properly mitigated. Or it could be a humidity issue where you don’t have the proper levels of humidity in your home and they’re high and there’s too much moisture so you’re creating condensation on your building materials.

Adan:
Yeah. And mold can pretty much growing anything, right?

Liam:
Absolutely.

Adan:
I mean there isn’t any limitation. You know, I’ve even heard of cases of mold growing in the carpets.

Liam:
Yes, absolutely.

Adan:
Like spotting [crosstalk 00:01:29]

Liam:
Carpets are a fuel source for it because they can catch any fibers, microns, anything.

Adan:
Wow. So one of the questions here is, how does mold affect our health when it comes to… especially when you have an overgrowth? I think that’s a very important topic. What’s your thoughts on that?

Liam:
Obviously it affects everyone differently. If you’re in the ages of infant to a toddler, that’s a compromised immune system. The same thing if you’re talking-

Adan:
Even with the elderly.

Liam:
… about 65 to 90, what have you. And it affects everyone differently. If you’re very hyper-allergenic it can affect your respiratory system, it can give you migraines and you know, some people it might not affect them at all.

Adan:Yeah, I think especially if you have other issues with asthma for example, I think you’ll be very, very sensitive to mold. And I think one of the telltale signs is, hey, if you’re walking into your house and you’re fine and you walk into a room and you just start feeling kind of, you know, sneezing and you’re getting all these symptoms, I think that’s a pretty clear sign that you have some kind of a mold issue.

Liam:It absolutely attacks your respiratory system and then also in your brain where you get migraines as well because it’s too much and your sinuses get affected.

Adan:
Definitely. Now some of our customers have asked us if we perform mold testing ourselves and from what I understand we don’t do that.

Liam:
No. We use a third party voucher for our testing just for a chain of integrity. That way we can go in there after they’ve done the test and wrote out the scope, we will do the remediation process and they will come back in and clear the home.

Adan:
Yeah, I mean, you know, we don’t want to be the guys telling you you have mold and then be the guys cleaning it up as well. I think that’s a little bit of a trust issue there, but not that we’re an un-trusting company but you never know. For the chains of integrity I think that’s very important for you guys to know.

Adan:
Now, one of the questions we get is, “Hey, is it okay if I cleaned the mold myself?”

Liam:
I mean, you need proper PPE to deal with mold, your personal protective equipment, respiratory, you need to be able to use the right tools for it. If you use a Shop-vac, you’re just going to aerosolize everything. We have specialized vacuums that don’t have any exhausts on them and we also have HEPA air scrubbers that replace the air, and we use antimicrobials as well. But the biggest thing is your own health. You need to properly protect yourself while you’re mediating it and then making sure that you don’t cross contaminate in other areas of your home.

Adan:
Yeah, I mean especially when you’re dealing with microbial agents, you’re talking about something at the microscopic level, right? You don’t want to be taking a vac and blowing it everywhere and trying to suck it out. And I think your would be causing more harm than done and actually allowing the mold to actually spread. I think that’s an important note there. So…

Adan:
But I want to thank you, Liam. I think this has been very, very important questions from the community. And if you guys have any questions about mold restoration, water damage, anything to do with the internal of the home in any emergency case, please leave us a message below on our video by commenting or asking us a question. This has been another episode of Restoration Talks and we hope to see you guys on the next one.

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